Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
March 2004
The 40th Wisconsin International Trade Conference
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce will be one of 17 organizations sponsoring the 40th annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference, to take place at the Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street, in Milwaukee on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. The event allows the state's international business community to recognize successful exporters and increase their knowledge of changing global business conditions.

The keynote speaker will be Stephen S. Poloz, Vice-President and Chief Economist of Export Development Canada (EDC). Poloz leads a diverse group at EDC responsible for assessing economic and political risk, as well as environmental and technical performance risk. He will provide an overview of global economic conditions from a fresh perspective. Afternoon breakout sessions will address Wisconsin Business Experiences in China, Creative International Marketing, and Homeland Security and Export Enforcement Issues.

The Governor's Export Achievement Awards and the Wisconsin Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year Award will be presented during the conference. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce's Overseas Office Directors will be available for one-on-one meetings at the conference.

The event is taking place in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin International Credit Executives (ICE). For more information, contact Michele McFarland at the Milwaukee World Trade Association at (414) 287-4141.

--Stanley Pfrang

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